The importance of craftsmanship as a process and an aesthetic looks set to continue, with wood seeming to be the material of choice at Milan Furniture Fair 2011. However, it seems textiles is finally having a revival in our products and homes. Yay! Up scaled stitch, knit and quilting covered surfaces and created structures making for a strong contemporary update on traditional techniques.
Never fails to surprise and delight in their playful choice of materials or unexpected use of scale in techniques. They create pieces that are contemporary and crafted.
Tord Boontje's Stitched Collection for Moroso uses stitching to construct furniture and lighting. The low-tech way of making gives it a child-like playful appearance.
Marc Thorpe's Blur Sofa seemed to disappear out of view making its size and shape uncertain. It was upholstered in a gradient print that had a shaded effect going from fluorescent orange to white. As the colour faded so did the form of the sofa.
Patricia Urquiola had produced a number of pieces in collaboration with Moroso including Biknit.
This features a stocking-stitch design which is enlarged to become both surface and structure.
For me Patricia Urquiola was the most exciting designer I saw exhibiting. She employs her sensitivity to colour and materials in designing an array of products. Each one different, but each one brilliant in its own right! Here are a few more examples:
I love this collection of quirky character vases and the unusual colour palette of warm nudes and peach highlighted with bright yellow and muted raspberry.
I particularly liked the way Vitra styled their products..
As well as the use of colour in their interiors...
Tobias Juretzek's Remeberme collection recycled clothing into chairs. One chair was made entirely from old jeans. Remeberme offers a sustainable alternative to materials while giving new life to objects and thus permeating his pieces with narrative and meaning.